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John A. Volpe (1969–1973) - Secretary of Transportion

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James A. Volpe was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, on December 8, 1908, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was governor of Massachusetts (1961-1963, 1965-1969); in 1968, he ran for the Republican nomination for President.

Volpe served in the Nixon cabinet as secretary of transportation (1969-1973), and he would later become U.S. ambassador to Italy (1973-1977). He died on September 11, 1994.

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Ken Hughes

Mr. Hughes coordinates the team of scholars reviewing and transcribing President Richard M. Nixon’s White House tapes, as part of the Presidential Recordings Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.